Thursday, January 21, 2010

Simple French Bread~



Sandra @ Keeping It Simple posted this recipe a couple days ago and today I am trying it out!
    * I have to tell you this recipe is so simple and it taste wonderful!*




If you don't use wheat just use all white in the amounts.
3 c wheat flour
2 TBS yeast
2 c water, 120 degrees
2 TBS oil
1 TBS sugar or honey
2 tsp. salt
2-3 c plain flour
1 egg white
1 TBS water
cornmeal (If using cookie sheet)

In a bowl mix the wheat flour, salt, yeast and sugar. Add the water and oil and start to mix. Add 2 c of plain flour and then as much as needed to make a stiff dough with the third cup. Let rise until double, about an hour and a half. Turn onto floured surface and cut into two pieces. Roll out into a rectangle. Roll up from the long side and place seam side down onto a lightly greased pan, sprinkled with cornmeal. Cut slits about 1/4 inch deep, 2 inches apart on top of loaf. Repeat for second piece. Let rise 45 minutes. Put into a preheated 375 oven for 15 minutes. While it is baking mix the egg white and water together. Brush the loaves with this mixture and bake an additional 15 minutes.

This recipe made two large loaves so I am going to make French Toast for breakfast in the morning!


Fabric Softener Tip~$ Saver


Now most of you know who are regulars here~I make my own Fabric Softener. About a year ago I really researched this whole coupon thing.  I have been using coupons faithfully for about a year. I sometimes get things free or close to free. This past week I scored big at CVS and Walgreens. I was able to get two bottles of  Suavitel for 50 cents a bottle. I stacked the sale with store coupons and coupons from the paper. SO ~what did I do with that Fabric Softener?

Stretch Your Fabric Softener and Save $$$$

I found a gallon jar and poured 1/3 of the jar with Suavitel.  The other 2/3's I filled with water. I then cut up sponges and added them to the jar.
For each use squeeze the sponge out lightly and throw into the dryer as you would dryer sheets. It works wonderfully and last forever!

This will last several months and only cost me 5o cents and oh my clothes smell so nice!

Thursday, January 14, 2010

Sami~ Update



Sami spent several days in the garage and then back to the coop. She is all better and enjoying being back with her siblings. We enjoyed having her as a house guest and spending time closely with the family has made her even more special to us! We love our Sami~


Life Gets Messy~

Here I am this morning at Farming On Faith. I went to feed my girls this morning and guess what I found. A BIG MESS. With warm temps my chicken coop had defrosted. You guessed it chicken poo, mud, and muck. I walked into the girl's house and my handy, dandy chicken farmer boots squished. Well one thing you must know about keeping healthy chickens is they must stay dry.NO~this just will not do!

My Brian bought me a big roll of straw but it is frozen.We have been putting it in the coop but it appears that frozen straw when it is defrosted is a soggy mess. Not to mention the girls staying inside the coop for the past month with freezing temps. This picture does not really clearly show you my big mess!
I decided to run to the Tractor Supply for pine bedding. The wet straw is just not going to work. So I ran to town with no make-up and in my chicken farmer boots. What a sight I must have been. I was assuring myself farmers at the Tractor Supply Store would be to busy to notice or care~Right?




Nosey girls watching from above~


I raked. I shoveled. I bleached. I scraped. I did all this for about an hour. As I have shared before being a chicken farmer is not for the squeamish~that's for sure. Although I am not squeamish in the least I wore disposable gloves all the same!
I am trying to clean here~but they all wanted to see what I was up to.
They wanted to be in my way!

This would be handy~dandy chicken poo. Any ideas on what I can do with chicken poo?
Layla was in one of the nesting boxes squawking because she was laying her egg for the day. She refused to get out but she was yelling at me the whole time. They are very modest about laying~they would rather no one watch ~Momma Chicken or siblings are not welcome to observe. I guess I can understand!






Layla finally lays her egg but still refuses to leave. Nope she wants to sit on her egg.
That is fine and dandy but they all want to lay in the same box for some reason. They have four nesting boxes. Sadie wanted to lay her egg too. So they argued and fused for awhile. I tried to referee but to no avail. Sadie finally jumps in with her and lays her egg in seconds and jumps out. No fooling around for her.
What is the reward for all my work? A clean coop~happy girls and two eggs. What more could a girl ask for? Maybe a bubble bath!!!!!

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Yet Another Gooseberry Patch Comment ~ And.........

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important information. Did you know these sites existed? I have yet another comment from GBP~and I thought I would share it with all of you because I just know you will want to follow them too! Check them out!

Gooseberry Patch has left a new comment on your post "Another Gooseberry Patch Comment~":

Carrie, you are too funny! We read blogs just like everyone else and take special notice when they talk about our little company. Thank you so much for your glowing reviews of our cookbooks...and for giving your girlfriends "permission" to join the family. :) Keep up the good work!

Want more Gooseberry Patch goodness? Check out our Page on Facebook: www.facebook.com/gooseberrypatch
and stop by our own blog at www.gooseberrypatch.typepad.com

See you there...and thanks again!


Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Another Gooseberry Patch Comment~

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Can you believe some of my friends have never heard of Gooseberry Patch? I was stunned when I told everyone I crossed paths with yesterday~REALLY~ that I was blessed today because The Gooseberry Patch~you know The One and Only Gooseberry Patch had posted a sweet comment on little ol' Farming On Faith. I love~love~love Gooseberry Patch Cookbooks. They go along with living on a farm, apple pie and baseball. I just thought everyone knew about GBP. If you are among the ones that do not~I give you permission today to go buy one for yourself~Girlfriend. You will then be among the number of us who have made it our life's goal to get the next season's book! Not only do they have great ideas but they have the best recipes of all time. Down home good recipes tried and tested! I promise as Paula would say~ Ya'all be happy you did!

Well I was so humbly blessed again with another comment last night~woo hoo! I think I will celebrate and go buy the next book!

Gooseberry Patch has left a new comment on your post "Gooseberry Patch Left A Comment On Harvey~":

Oh you guys...thanks for your kind words! Carrie, be sure to post some pics when Harvey all fixed up! :)

Monday, January 11, 2010

Gooseberry Patch Left A Comment On Harvey~



You never know who is reading your blog. Imagine my surprise when I opened my e-mail this morning to find The One and Only Gooseberry Patch~ had left me a comment on none other than My Harvey Post. I had to share~what fun!

Gooseberry Patch has left a new comment on your post "Harvey~":

As much as we're partial to the little red Gooseberry trucks, a golden yellow would probably make Harvey (and his previous owner!) pretty darned happy. Good luck!

*The actual majority vote was for red! I like red best but yellow is my favorite color. Harvey's natural color is Harvest Gold.*

Saturday, January 9, 2010

Taco Casserole~




After being snowed in all week I am dying for some fast food. With the freezing cold temps I decided it was not worth going out in the cold. So~ I created some homemade junk food!


1 lg. bag tortilla chips (plain or nacho Doritos)
2 lbs. hamburger
1 can kidney beans
1 pkg. taco mix
1 can cream of mushroom soup
1 can cream of chicken soup
1/2 c. water
2 c. Cheddar cheese, shredded

Coat baking dish with cooking spray. Line bottom of pan with 1/2 bag of chips and spread 1/2 cooked mixture over chips. Add another layer of remaining chips and mixture. Top with cheese. Spray lid or aluminum foil with cooking spray, cover and bake at 350 degrees for 1/2 hour.

Friday, January 8, 2010

Chicken & Wild Rice Soup~

This recipe is so yummy~


2 quarts of chicken stock
1 cooked chicken~ cool and remove meat
1 cup celery chopped
1 cup carrots~sliced
1/2 cup chopped onion
1 package Uncle Ben's Wild Rice Mix

* Cook rice according to directions on the box.
*Bring chicken broth to a boil, add carrots celery and onions until cooked.
* Add cooked chicken and wild rice~add salt and pepper to taste.

*Make a rue.

1/4 cup butter
1/2 cup flour
2 cups milk
1/2 cup half and half
*Add kosher salt and pepper to taste .
* Add rue to soup mix.

Fabulous Friday At Farming On Faith~





Does this look like a little snow to you? We are to only have a few flurries today but guess what? We are having more than flurries here at Farming On Faith. Now ~I am one who loves the Midwest and all it has to offer. I even like snow ~but I have to tell you I have had enough. For whatever my two cents are worth.
I went out to check on my girls this morning and all is well. No burnt feathers or smoking hens. They seem to be okay. You should have seen them trying to shake off the petroleum jelly last night. All 11 chickens shaking and bobbing their heads at the same time. Not a sight Hannah and I will soon forget~LOL!

Sami has become famous. I have received many e-mails inquiring about Sami. I hear she was even been the talk among a few of you Mop's followers, at homeschool classes, at church and even The Rusty Chandelier. What I bet you all are really saying is~" Can you believe that crazy Farming On Faith lady actually not only gave a chicken a bath but she has her in the kitchen!" So I thought I would give you a picture of Sami bird this morning. She is looking quite beautiful I might add.
Well I am off to get my To Do List done for today. I think I have been snowed in all week and I need to get out. That means a date night is in order with My Brian~if we can get out of our driveway!

Thursday, January 7, 2010

Sadie On Fire~


With the freezing cold temps~ I have been going out to check on my girls giving them water and treats to make being locked up in the coop a bit more bearable. It is so cold I am keeping them in the coop with a heat lamp on even during the day.

Today on our lunch break I ran out to have a look~ see to make sure all was well. I opened the door to smell something burning. I look up and under the light Sadie was smoking~no kidding. I immediately ran to the house to unplug the extension cord to the heat lamp. I ran back to check on Sadie and sure enough her back feathers were burnt. The lamp is hanging from the ceiling and has been fine for the past several days. I think with the temps getting colder Sadie was trying to get a little closer to the heat. Oh my stars~this Momma Chicken was upset for sure!

I put the heat lamp up higher and I have checked on them all evening. It won't keep them as warm but at least they will not catch fire.

This city girl is beginning to question my chicken farming abilities. I am so worried about the cold! I covered their combs with petroleum jelly to prevent frost bite and they did not appreciate that at all! Hannah and I managed to get all 11 girls protected.

Sami is looking really good~and still in the kitchen. She is still taking well to the pampering. My Hannah said Sami reminds her of Big Bird. She is a funny bird for sure. She knows when we are talking to her and she answers us back in her language. We will miss her when she goes back to her coop!

The wind chill temp tonight is to be -25 below~I hope the girls do alright. The last I checked~ they were all munching on some fresh apples and romaine lettuce happy as could be. I have been only getting 1-2 eggs a day. With the heat lamp on all day today I was blessed with 4 eggs.

It has been a long cold day ~good night my blog friends.


Sunday, January 3, 2010

The Lord's Day & Pork Chili~



I am up bright and early to make Sunday Dinner for after church this morning. I am up with good intentions but the longer I am up the more queasy I feel. The normal flu~ according to the Media~and who pays attention to them anymore~ is to hit in January. Unfortunately almost everyone close to us has had it in their household this past week. I use antibacterial stuff on my hands constantly while I am out and about and I wash my hands so many times in a day but I think I might be getting sick~yeck! Mind over matter~I am going to sip some tea !

Anyways~ I am up making pork chili. Not so good~while not feeling well but it is on the menu for today. I already took the meat out of the freezer. I buy pork tenderloins when they are on sale and My Brian cuts them up for me. I get boneless pork chops, pork roast, pulled pork sandwiches and stew size meat for pork chili~ all for whatever the sale is per pound. Last time for 99 cents per pound. It is so much cheaper this way! You can't buy boneless pork chops for that price any where. So I always have some in my freezer. It is a huge money saver.

Here is our one of the Shindorf Favorites~

Mexican Pork Chili

Ingredients:

  • 2 to 2 1/2 pounds pork loin or lean pork shoulder, cut in 1-inch cubes
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 1 large can (28 oz) diced tomatoes in juice
  • 1 can (8 oz) tomato sauce
  • 1 can of Retell type tomatoes with the hot peppers
  • 1/2 cup chopped onion
  • 1 small bell pepper, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon chili powder
  • minced jalapeno or other hot chili pepper, to taste (optional)
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper, or to taste
  • 1 teaspoon cumin

Preparation:

In a large skillet, brown pork cubes in hot oil over medium heat. Drain. Place pork in crockpot; add remaining ingredients. Cover and cook on low for 8 to 10 hours. Serve with flour tortillas~ and a side of Spanish Rice~YUM!!
Serves 4-6.

Sometimes I add chili beans ~sometimes not. I also add different things in it according to my taste buds that day and what I have on hand.

Well I am going to make some Stash Tea~my favorite but honestly I think I might need to call for a replacement to teach my Sunday School Class!

I pray you have a wonderful Lord's Day and remember it is the Lord's Day all day!


Friday, January 1, 2010

A Sami Update~




















When we moved to the country I knew I wanted to get chickens. I have been following a blog from a Chef named Terry Golson. Her blog is the Hen Cam ~you can visit her here. During the daylight hours you can see her girls in action with her live web cam. She has been such a help with my chickens. She emailed me with help for my Sami.

I want to thank all of you for your advice and much needed help. I took all of your advice. And I am so thankful for all your kind words and support.

I brought her in the house and got her warm. She then got an antiseptic bath and a critter killer dip. You don't know what you are missing until you give a chicken a bath. It took My Hannah helping to get it accomplished. But we survived!

She had no parasites on her and her vent was clean and not bleeding. Chicken farming is not for the squeamish! After her bath we used the blow dryer to dry her feathers until she was nice and dry. It takes a very long time to get a chicken dry!! And she really needed a bath~if you get the picture.

Terry recommended we give her an antibiotic for a week but we have to wait for UPCO to open tomorrow! She has perked right up with only sneezing now. I am concerned about her being in a warm house but after her bath I do not want her in the cold. I am going to give her a week of meds and then take her to the Garage for a week or so before she goes back out to her coop~providing all continues to go well. She is a very well behaved house guest except when Emma, our dog goes by her kennel. She is very timid and is not sure she wants to be friends.

I am not sure why she stands out in the cold all day. The others go back into the coop. My Brian does not feel the others are the reason. They have all been siblings since Easter. Although she is a bit different with no neck she is accepted just always on the bottom of the pecking order. My Brian is afraid she does not know when to come in out of the rain. I am going to keep a watchful eye as I always have. The coop is in view of my kitchen window. I may just have to put her back into the coop each day several times a day to keep her from staying out in the cold to long.

The others are well and show no signs of any respitory problems.

Sami is resting well in a kennel inside my kitchen. She has been babied all day by my Hannah who took her to the basement for several airings. I think she is going to be just fine.

Calling All Chicken Farmers~Sami is sick!




Sami~ who gets constant picking on~ would rather stand outside than in her coop with all the pestering~ is now sick. She has her head tucked in and she is sneezing. I need help!

I have her in the kitchen in a kennel~I can take any advice you have to offer! I have contacted the HenCam's Teri Colson and I am waiting on a reply. Please e-mail me ~carrieshindor@yahoo.com!

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